Objectives: defining the roles of males and females in society, describe the main consequences of domestic violence for women's health and identify the strategies implemented and the actions of the nurse in caring for women victims of violence. Methodology: this is a study based on literature review, with review of articles indexed in scientific databases, monographs, books and manuals of the Ministry of Health. It was performed a brief reading of the articles found, and then they were grouped, constituting a corpus for later determination of the themes that were gender, health consequences of women and intersectoral action to minimize the social impact of violence in society. Results: the face of violence requires actions from all sectors of society, and within the families, public policies should be directed to the violence by supporting laws for the punishment of those responsible for attacks. Conclusion: women, victims of domestic violence need help to alleviate their sufferings and avoid major mismatches family and society.